It has certainly been a big year for Georgina Chapman. Since January, the Marchesa designer has announced plans to launch a lower-priced line, crafted a collection of fashionable football gear (seriously), designed the gown for one of the most-hyped celebrity weddings, and leant her considerable talents to Project Runway: All Stars, where she serves as a judge alongside Isaac Mizrahi and host Carolyn Murphy. Oh, and did we mention she just announced her second pregnancy? Because yep, that too.
Next week, Lifetime will air a special, behind-the-scenes documentary on the brand Chapman runs with business partner Keren Craig, showcasing their rapid ascent to the top of the industry and prep during awards show season as a perennial red carpet favorite. The program is a version of a Canadian documentary on the company will feature interviews with fans and friends like Anna Wintour and Halle Berry.
During a conference call this week, Chapman confessed that the filming process gave her an extra bit of compassion towards the Project Runway contestants. “I have a lot more sympathy,” she said, since being in the spotlight herself. “[The camera crews] get to see a lot because you become unaware that they’re there after awhile.” But when it’s all said and done, it’s “interesting seeing it sort of like a fly on the wall looking at your own life.”
And while you might think that this life would get a whole lot more complicated with a bun in the oven (as it certainly has for Kate Middleton, about whose illness Chapman said, “I just can’t even imagine what a nightmare that must be”), the designer told us that she in fact felt at her most creative that while pregnant with her now two-year-old daughter India.
“I guess because I am physically creating at the same time,” she mused. “I just keep going. The show must go on.”
Project Runway Spotlight: Marchesa airs Thursday, December 20 at 10pm ET/PT